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Black Pond Turtle

Black pond turtle is a species of turtle found only in South Asia.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Testudines
    Family Geoemydidae
    Genus Geoclemys
    Scientific Name Geoclemys hamiltonii

    Other Names indian spotted turtle, spotted pond turtle
    Size Males: 7 to 8 in
    Females: 11 to 12 in
    Color Black outer shell with small yellowish spots;  underside of the shell is yellow; head, neck and limbs are dark brown or black
    Distribution Southern Pakistan, northeastern India, Bangladesh
    Habitat Rivers, forest ponds,  marshes, oxbow lakes
    Diet Small invertebrates like snails; also feed on small fish and amphibian larvae
    Breeding Season Eggs are laid twice a year in February and October
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 20 to 24 eggs
    Incubation Period Around 74 days
    Average Lifespan 15 to 20 years or more in captivity
    IUCN Conservation Status Vulnerable

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    Published on April 23rd 2017 by under Turtles. Article was last reviewed on 14th June 2019.

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